When Replacing Your Windows, It's Helpful To Know These Terms

When your windows become old and worn out, it is a good idea to replace them. Usually, your best approach is to hire a professional window replacement company. They'll start by coming out to look over your home and make some recommendations. During these early conversations, your window replacement contractor may use some terminology you're not too familiar with. Knowing the following terms will help you make more informed decisions about your replacement windows.

Full Window Replacement

A full window replacement is a procedure in which your entire window, including the frame and sash, are replaced. This is often necessary in older homes with wooden frames that have begun to deteriorate and weaken. 


If your old window frames are still in good shape, then you may be able to get away with using inserts, rather than opting for a full window replacement. Inserts are replacement windows that are anchored into the existing frame. They usually cost less than a full replacement window, making them a good choice for homeowners on a budget.


The most energy-efficient windows are often advertised as "low-e" windows. Low-e stands for "low-emissivity." These windows are coated in a special substance that reflects heat and sunlight. This keeps your home cooler in the summer. Most low-e windows are also coated on the inside, so in the winter, they reflect heat back into your home and help keep heating bills manageable.


Double-pane windows have two panes of glass, one inside the other. These are considered the default these days. The air between the glass acts as an insulator, reducing heat transfer.


Many windows these days have composite frames and sashes. Composite is basically a mixture of wood pulp and resin. It may look like wood, but it does not rot or attract insects like wood, so it requires much less maintenance.

Impact Windows

If your window replacement contractor recommends impact windows, it is likely because you are in a hurricane zone. These windows are made with shatterproof glass and are less likely to break in high winds.


This is a style of window that opens on hinges. When you turn a little crank, the window opens like a door.

With these terms in mind, you should be better prepared for your consultation with a window replacement contractor. If you have any questions about other terms they use, don't hesitate to stop and ask.

For more information, contact a company such as Kelly's Construction Inc.